Department of Public Policy and Administration

Department of Public Policy and Administration

PPA Curriculum (36-39 units)

Course Requirements (36-39 units) The graduate program in Public Policy and Administration curriculum consists of four components.

Prerequisites MPPA students must successfully complete two required prerequisites prior to starting the program: government/political science and microeconomics. Completion of the statistics is recommended, but not required.

Course Sequencing Sequencing courses is important to a student's success. Our course sequencing page contains tables showing typical schedules recommended for MPPA students.

Seven year time limit Students have 7 years to complete the MPPA.

Academic Core
(27 units)

PPA 200, Introduction to Public Policy and Administration provides analytic skills for thinking critically about policy issues. (3 units)

PPA 205, Research in Public Policy and Administration provides technical and conceptual skills used in generating, evaluating and applying policy relevant research information. (3 units)

PPA 207, Quantitative Methods develops applied analytic skills in regression analysis, in the formulation of regression model, estimation and forecasting. (3 units)

PPA 210, Political Environment of Policy Making develops an understanding of political factors which impinge on the policy processes emphasizing the role of ethics for the analyst and administrator. (3 units)

PPA 220A and PPA 220B, Applied Economic Analysis presents the basic concepts, tools and models of microeconomics applicable to public sector choices; focus specifically on the role of government in a market-oriented economy with emphasis on market failures, including public goods, externalities and monopoly; benefit-cost analysis. (6 units)

PPA 230, Public Budgeting and Finance emphasizes the budget processes of California state and local government, including revenue and expenditure patterns. (3 units)

PPA 240A and PPA 240B, Public Management and Administration examines organizational structure, design, management approaches and behavioral dynamics of state and local government entities. (6 units)

Electives (6 units)

Students choose two electives that fulfill their particular needs and goals. Electives may be chosen from among PPA courses or graduate level courses in other departments (at least one elective must be selected from the Department offerings). Currently the Department offers specializations in urban policy and collaborative decision making.

Electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

PPA 250, California Land Use Policy examines public policies that influence land use planning and development and applies them to issues that dominate California policy choices including urban design, fiscalization of land use, sustained growth, and the challenges of social equity. (3 units)

PPA 251, Urban Problems Economics, and Public Policy examines some of the most pressing problems facing central cities and urban areas in the United States (poverty, crime, urban abandonment/suburban sprawl, edge cities, deteriorating infrastructures, fiscal stress, etc.). (3 units)

PPA 270, Collaborative Policy examines the theory and practice of collaborative policy-making. (3 units)

PPA 272, Advanced Practice in Collaborative Policy is a participatory course geared toward mid-career professionals who desire to increase their skills in using collaborative methods. (3 units)

PPA 284, Urban Policy is an in depth exploration of the socio-economic problems of urban and metropolitan areas and evaluation of proposed political and governmental solutions. (3 units)

Internship (3 units)

PPA 295, Internship Public Policy and Administration Internships are required for students who lack sufficient professional administrative or analytic experience. At the discretion of the Program Director, the internship may be waived for students with six months of administrative and analytical work experience who are currently employed in a full-time professional capacity in the field of Public Policy and Administration. If an internship is required it will bring the total unit requirement for the degree to 39. (3 units)

NOTE: An internship proposal and paper is required of each student taking this course.

Culminating Experience (3 units)

PPA 500, Culminating Experience A master's project or thesis comprises the program's culminating experience. Undertaken during the final semester, the project entails a thorough analysis of a policy or administrative issue, applying the interdisciplinary methods and perspectives the student has acquired in the core and elective curriculum. Only one other core course may be taken in the same semester as PPA 500. (3 units)